And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom." Mat 26:27-29 ESV
When we observe the Lord's Supper we often do it in a form of remembrance. That is most certainly good to do, for the elements call us to remember the work of Christ in atoning for our sin on the cross. However, the Communion table points us forward as well. It expresses the hope we have of the coming resurrection.
Christ said that he would not drink it anew with us until that time when we enter the Father's kingdom. This is statement is an affirmation of our physical relationship with Christ at the resurrection. Disembodied souls do not eat and drink. Only physical bodies do.
Christ, by this meal, encourages us to remember the full salvation that we have in Him. We eat and drink with the hope of his coming and a renewed nature.
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